Stress is Brutal at Work. Let’s Try to Reduce It!

  I have had days where I come home from work and can barely see straight due to stress.  When this happens, there are two things I may do when I get home, neither of which are good.  First, I start to be ‘short’ and crabby with the first person I see.  Second, I dive … Continue reading Stress is Brutal at Work. Let’s Try to Reduce It!

Bringing Humanity Back to Work

  For most of my career, I have been on a somewhat spiritual search.  I was looking for an organization that harnessed the wisdom of the employee and where everyone was valued, respected, and treated as a whole person.  I knew in my core that if you felt valued and respected, you would do fabulous … Continue reading Bringing Humanity Back to Work

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand….Which Comes First?

A teacher walks into a classroom and sets a glass jar on the table. He silently places 2-inch rocks in the jar until no more can fit. He asks the class if the jar is full and they agree it is. He says, “Really,” and pulls out a pile of small pebbles, adding them to … Continue reading Rocks, Pebbles, Sand….Which Comes First?

“I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

We all know people at work who are filled with so much ego that they take great pains to hide any hint of failure or weakness. No matter what happens, they always have the last word.  Their strategy is the belief that any hint of vulnerability would cause others to see them as weak. According … Continue reading “I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

As part of my career journey, I have had so many people say to me...I want to be a VP or a CEO.  It’s important to remember that leaders are not just the ones with formal titles such as VP, EVP or CEO.  In fact, many leaders that have inspired me have not been formal … Continue reading Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

An Ode to Courage

As Brene Brown so eloquently states, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” When you ask someone to describe what is courage, they usually describe someone who is vulnerable.  Vulnerability and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. It’s our vulnerabilities and courage that make us who we are and drive our passions. … Continue reading An Ode to Courage

Not All Teams are Productive Teams

If we put smart people together as a team, they will perform.  They will innovate.  They will create breakthrough ideas.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  As our experience and academic research tell us, teams consistently underperform, despite the many resources they are given.  Human nature challenges such as power struggles, competition, coordination, and differing … Continue reading Not All Teams are Productive Teams